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THINKFilm Goes for Fry's "Bright Young Things"

THINKFilm Goes for Fry's "Bright Young Things"

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE








A scene from Stephen Fry's "Bright Young Things," which THINKFilm acquired for North America ahead of its Sundance premiere.

North American rights to actor Stephen Fry's directorial debut "Bright Young Things" have been acquired by THINKFilm. Mark Urman, head of distribution at the New York-based film company and Aline Perry, CEO of The Works announced the deal Tuesday. The film, based on comic novel, "Vile Bodies" by Evelyn Waugh and adapted by Fry, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and will screen as a premiere next month at Sundance.

Set in 1930s London, a young well-heeled group in the city's Mayfair district are caught up in a constant round of parties and decadence. Novelist Adam (Stephen Campbell Moore), meanwhile is much less affluent than the set he socializes with, but attempts to acquire money in order to marry Nina (Emily Mortimer), daughter of a colonel played by Peter O'Toole, who resides on a country estate. The colonel refuses to give his blessing to the couple all the while Adam faces roadblocks to improve his financial fortunes at the same time as the hedonism of his friends, called the Bright Young Things by the London press, reaches a feverish pitch.

"'Bright Young Things' is a totally delicious combination of satire and farce that proves that Stephen Fry is nothing short of a Renaissance Man," commented Urman in a prepared statement. "Not only is it a stunningly accurate, if slightly veiled, depiction of the way we live now, it has several comic set-pieces that are sure to be instant classics." The deal was negotiated by Urman and Randy Manis for THINKFilm and Aline Perry, Rebecca Kearey and Andrew Orr for The Works.

This year's THINKFilm releases include Oscar-nominated hit doc "Spellbound," as well as acclaimed Brazilian doc, "Bus 174," and Biblical adaptation, "The Gospel of John." Upcoming releases include "The Agronomist," "Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself," and "The Story of the Weeping Camel," Mongolia's entry for best foreign language Oscar consideration.

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